School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Nursing

Nursing

Testimonials

"My experience as a student in the Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing at Queen’s University was so many things. The courses were challenging and a lot of work. They were also taught by brilliant professors who are experts in the subject matter. Through these courses, I learned the fundamental skills necessary to be a successful researcher and academic. The program at Queen’s encourages dissemination of student research and provides opportunities for national and international networking. My mentors were amazing. After completing the program, I was recruited for a tenure-track faculty position at my university of choice. With my PhD from Queen’s, I have a career that I love and the knowledge and ability to help make a difference"

- Amanda Vandyk, RN, PhD

“Our professors are always looking for opportunities for us and getting us involved in different things. I would highly recommend this program to aspiring Nursing students looking for higher education.”

- Charlotte Holmgren, MSc (PHCN)

“I loved the collegial atmosphere provided by the caring and supportive faculty. It was at Queen’s that I developed my thirst for knowledge through evidence based research.”

- Judeline Innocent, RN, PhD

“I think that everyone should know that the School of Nursing does a fantastic job at making people successful. That skill of being pushed to... some place that is slightly uncomfortable, but knowing that you have the supports around you to be successful.”

- Morgan Batson, RN, MNSc

Program Contact

Susan Downey
Graduate Assistant
School of Nursing, Cataraqui Building, 92 Barrie Street
Administration for Graduate Programs located at 82/84 Barrie Street
Queen's University. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 77746
E-mail: grad.nursing@queensu.ca
Website: nursing.queensu.ca

Program Overview

We offer a wide variety of programs including PhD, Master’s and Diploma programs to build on your clinical, research and leadership interests.

Our Online PhD Program will prepare you for a career as a leader in research and scholarship, clinical practice or health care administration with the skills required to expand knowledge related to clinical, theoretical and health system issues. Our program consists of six courses, five of which are offered online and one on-campus. You will attend two mandatory onsite residencies in the first year then be expected to be onsite each spring for our Graduate Student Research Day. Following the completion of courses after the first year, you will focus on comprehensive exams then your thesis.

Our MNSc program will prepare you for a career as a leader in clinical practice, education or health care management, through the development of the critical appraisal skills needed for developing the scientific basis for nursing practice, and the knowledge and skills to conduct small research projects and participate in research teams. Our program consists of in-person course work and a thesis. 

Our MN(PHCNP) program will prepare you for a career as a leader in clinical practice and education with the knowledge and skills to provide advanced nursing care to individuals and families in primary care settings and conduct small research projects, as well as the critical appraisal skills needed for developing the scientific basis for practice. Our program combines self-directed learning online, in-person classes, and clinical placements to provide a broad range of learning methods.

Our PHCNP Diploma will provide you with the knowledge and skills to provide advanced nursing care to individuals and families in primary care settings.  The program is for nurses who already have a master’s degree and combines self-directed learning online, in-person classes, and clinical placements to provide a broad range of learning methods.

Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking and writing, advanced knowledge in research and nursing practice, and, perhaps even more importantly, skills to facilitate change in today’s health care system. 

You will have the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant or research assistant, receive training in conducting systematic reviews, and attend workshops to support academic, personal, and professional success. . 

Career paths – employment opportunities

Our recent graduates now hold positions as Advanced Practice Nurses, Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners, Educators, Health Care Managers, and Research Scientists.

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

Online Ph.D.: 4 years full time
Master of Nursing Science (MNSc): 2 years full time
Master of Nursing - Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (MN-PHCNP): 2 years full time
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) Diploma: 1 year full time; 2 years part-time.

For a select group of students, we allow accelerated entry to the Ph.D. program after one year in the MNSc program.

Method of Completion

Online Ph.D.: Onsite residencies, course work, comprehensive exam, research thesis
MNSc. : Course work, research thesis
MN(PHCNP): Course work,clinical placement,  project
PHCNP Diploma: Course work, clinical placement.

For full details go to the Nursing website

Fields of study and Supervisors

The following faculty members are currently available to supervise PhD and MNSc students, and we recommend reviewing our website for further information.  Advance contact with supervisors is not required, but strongly recommended as you will be asked to list 3 faculty members as potential supervisors on your MNSc or PhD application form.

  • Joan Almost, RN, Ph.D., Practice environments; health care quality; workplace relationships
  • Lenora Duhn, RN, Ph.D., Nursing beneficence; patient safety; patient and family engagement
  • Christina Godfrey, RN, Ph.D., Chronic disease management; knowledge translation; system review methodology
  • Katie Goldie, RN, Ph.D, Chronic disease risk reduction in mental health and addictive disorders
  • Marian Lucktar-Flude, RN, Ph.D., Nursing education; clinical simulation; cancer nursing
  • Jennifer Medves, RN, Ph.D., Nursing in healthy rural workplaces
  • Pilar Camargo Plazas RN, Ph.D., Health equity and nursing practices in vulnerable populations; global health
  • Mona Sawhney, RN (EC), Ph.D., Pain assessment and management; nursing outcomes in acute care settings; nurse practitioner outcomes
  • Kim Sears, RN, Ph.D., Advancing quality care, reducing risk and improving patient safety
  • Joan Tranmer, RN, Ph.D., Chronic cardiovascular and cancer conditions; nurse led delivery systems
  • Deborah Tregunno, RN, Ph.D., Patient safety; leadership; simulation
  • Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof, RN, D.P.H., Factors in chronic pain and pain-related outcomes
  • Rosemary Wilson, RN (EC), Ph.D., Acute and chronic pain and pain-related outcomes
  • Kevin Woo, RN, Ph.D., Chronic disease management; gerontological nursing; wound management
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Eligible PhD and MNSc students qualify for research assistantships (RA), teaching assistantships (TA), Queen’s Graduate Awards (QGA) and internal awards. We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (CIHR, OGS, etc.). Entering students with federal government Tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (Masters) and $10,000 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.

 Eligible MN(PHCNP) and PHCNP Diploma students qualify for research assistantships (RA), teaching assistantships (TA), and internal awards. We encourage you to apply for external funding from professional associations, such as the RNAO Nursing Education Initiative Grant Program

Academic Prerequisites

PhD: Master’s degree in Nursing or equivalent with a minimum overall average equivalent to a B+; Undergraduate university degree in nursing; two academic letters of reference; statement of academic, research and professional plans. Applicants without an undergraduate university degree in nursing will be considered on an individual basis, and are strongly encouraged to contact the School of Nursing to discuss this opportunity prior to applying.

  • Additional Requirements: Questions for the Doctoral Nursing Program; proof of registration (or eligible to register) with the College of Nurses of Ontario; Curriculum Vitae (Resume) 
  • International students must be graduates of a baccalaureate program in nursing that is equivalent to a 4-year Canadian program and have a minimum overall average equivalent of to a B+ average.  Applicants must provide proof of registration as a nurse in their own country, but will not be required to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not recently studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, will be required to obtain satisfactory results in an English language proficiency test, as part of the application process, and before their application will be considered complete. More information for International Students can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website. .

MNSc: Undergraduate university degree in nursing with a minimum overall average equivalent to a B; two academic letters of reference; undergraduate courses in research methodology and statistics; statement of research interest; proof of registration (or eligible to register) as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario; Curriculum vitae (resume).

  •  International students must be graduates of a baccalaureate program in nursing that is equivalent to a 4-year Canadian program
  • Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not recently studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, will be required to obtain satisfactory results in an English language proficiency test, as part of the application process, and before their application will be considered complete. More information for International Students can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

MN(PHCNP): Undergraduate university degree in nursing with a minimum overall average equivalent to a B; two academic letters of reference; undergraduate courses in research methodology and statistics; active registration as RN with College of Nurses of Ontario; Curriculum vitae (resume).  

  • Additional Requirements: Equivalent of two years of relevant full-time practice as a Registered Nurse within the past five years (minimum of 3640 hours); one clinical reference; Nurse Practitioner Personal Essay form.
  • International applicants cannot apply to this program unless they have active registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario and are a resident in Ontario.

PHCNP Diploma: Undergraduate university degree in nursing; Master’s degree in Nursing or equivalent with a minimum overall average equivalent to a B; two academic letters of reference; active registration as RN with College of Nurses of Ontario; Curriculum vitae (resume).  

  • Additional Requirements: Equivalent of two years of relevant full-time practice as a Registered Nurse within the past five years (minimum of 3640 hours); one clinical reference; Nurse Practitioner Personal Essay form.
  • International applicants cannot apply to this program unless they have active registration as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario and are a resident in Ontario.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 1

Notification of Acceptance: Mid March to early April.

Learning Outcomes

Charlotte HolmgrenCharlotte Holmgren
Nursing (PHCNP)
On a Quest for Knowledge